March 11, 2015
Did you know March is Brain Injury Awareness Month?
Approximately 2.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading cause of TBI is falls.
To help prevent you or your loved one from experiencing falls at home, we’re sharing these simple tips from our friends at The Mayo Clinic:
- Wear sensible shoes – avoid high heels, floppy slippers or shoes with slick soles
- Clear walkways – remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways
- Secure loose rugs – Use double-sided tape to secure rugs, or remove loose rugs altogether
- Repair any loose, wooden floorboards and carpeting
- Immediately clean spilled liquids, grease or food
- Use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower
- Keep your home brightly lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see
- Turn on the lights before going up or down stairs
- Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways
- Use assistive devices throughout your home such as handrails, grab bars or a raised toilet with armrests
Your doctor should be able to help you brainstorm other fall prevention strategies. Some items are easily installed and affordable. Others may require professional assistance or installation.
To learn more about fall prevention, visit the website for the CDC.
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